Japanese-Americans tell their stories of internment and WWII.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, thus ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. Ultimately, approximately 120,000 people were forced to relocate to internment camps across the country. This included thousands of people from Sacramento County.
Join us on Sept. 13 as we hear the stories of four Japanese-Americans who were interned.
- Lester Ouchida was born in Florin, CA. His father owned a strawberry distribution business, but lost it when the family was evacuated by EO 9066. The Ouchida family was first taken to the Fresno Assembly center, and later moved to the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas, followed by the Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona.
- Reiko Nagumo was raised in Hollywood, CA. She and her family was relocated to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.
- Christine Aso Umeda was born in Sacramento, the youngest of seven children. She was 4 years old when EO 9066 was issued, and her family was sent to Arboga Assembly Center in Marysville, followed by Tule Lake Segregation Center. They were transferred to Heart Mountain a year later.
- Stanley Umeda was born in Florin, CA and was 6 years old when his family was sent to the Fresno Assembly Center. Soon after, they were moved to the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas, and eventually ended up at the Gila River Internment Camp.
A light Japanese-style dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m.
This event is FREE; a donations basket will be available.
Date(s) - Sep 13, 2017
Bethany Presbyterian Church